A Moment With Our New President, Dr. Omar Khan

For someone who has no idea how to answer the question ‘where do you see yourself in 5 years’, it is difficult to comprehend the magnitude of 88 years.  That’s the length of time the Delaware Academy of Medicine has been around. I joined not because of this history, but because of what the foundation established by this history meant for the future.  I joined when my friend and colleague Dr. Arun Malhotra collared me in the parking lot of the Academy office (part of the Christiana Hospital campus) and suggested I do so.  Not being a joiner by nature, I still agreed to be part of this group which my smart and dynamic colleague belonged to. I discovered there other smart, dynamic colleagues, keenly interested in quite an unusual question: how to continuously be relevant to the membership, to the community, to Delaware- even if it meant challenging and reinventing one’s mission.

Over the last 10 years I have had the privilege of learning from the finest leaders from medicine, dentistry, public health, nursing, social sciences, and indeed all disciplines connected with the health sciences.  Your Delaware Academy of Medicine has grown to encompass the broadest possible mission of serving health by also becoming the Delaware Public Health Association (DPHA).  We have formed partnerships with all those interested in the same as us: serving and improving the health of our community.

I am incredibly grateful to the leadership of Dr. Dan Meara, a scholar, gentleman and friend.  His steady leadership and wisdom over the last few years have been instrumental in maintaining our strength.  Our incredible Board- which is really 2 Boards, that of the Academy of Medicine, and the Advisory Council of the DPHA- deserve our heartfelt thanks for volunteering on behalf of the Delaware community to keep our work on track.

The staff of the Academy are a well-kept secret, which I intend to make less well-kept during my tenure. They are an exceptional team, comprising Tim Gibbs (Executive Director), Kate Smith, Elizabeth Lenz, Elizabeth Healy- all of whom put together our diverse programming from Mini Medical School to the University of Delaware’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute; plan, edit, and published the acclaimed and popular Delaware Journal of Public Health; administer student loans for medical and dental students; host a continual stream of student interns; optimize our partner relationships; keep us on sound financial footing – and oh yes, spend most waking minutes thinking about new and innovative ways to do what we do.  It’s an always-exhilarating (occasionally exhausting J) place to work.

And that is just the local work. Add to that our leadership role in the American Public Health Association, partnership with the National Academy of Medicine and Fogarty International Center of the NIH; and extensive national involvement in various national organizations on the part of our Board and Advisory Council Members. We truly Think Locally and Act Globally.

Some of the best moments in caring for others is getting to know one’s colleagues.  As the practice environment has changed, as have we.  Fewer community physicians come to the hospital, yet the health systems are now more engaged in the health of communities. I see incredible possibilities for collaboration ahead- for delivering increasing value to our patients and communities. And it remains rooted in the power of relationships- the unique Delaware way of accomplishing important tasks through the personal touch.

Over the next couple of years, I hope to get to know as many of you as possible, and I hope you will do likewise.  Our team is embedded in the fabric of all you do and those you serve.  My bio is here, and closeby you will find profiles of all our Board Members.

This space is intended as a place for dialogue – for con khan-versation.  Having suffered through countless ‘Wrath of Khan’ jokes since 1982, I figured it’s my turn.   So, talk to us. Tell us what you like, what you’d like us to be, where you’d like us to go. What would you like us to do the next 88 years?  Keep it interesting, fun, constructive.  That’s the plan.  Let’s drive!

Innovative Discoveries Series

Rethinking the Consumer’s Diabetic Journey

Diabetes and other chronic medical conditions such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol are preventable and manageable through clinical and lifestyle modifications. With the increasing cost, fragmentation, and complexity of our health care system, the current model of chronic disease management and prevention needs to be re-evaluated. We are seeing an exponential rise in the number of both pre-diabetics and diabetics, many of whom are diagnosed when they have irreversible complications.

We are in a new era of health care delivery and need to place more emphasis upstream on wellness and prevention. The current model of patient care is a “bolus method,” in which patients with chronic metabolic conditions are seen every 3-6 months to refill medications, check labs, and ask questions that “check the box” from a regulatory standpoint. There are many potential touch points in those 3-6 months that we can have with our patients leading to improved outcomes and transforming us from a “bolus” to a “drip” delivery model.

This presentation will provide an overview of diabetes and current state evaluation of how we deliver care for this chronic condition, discuss the consumers journey and better understand their touch points, and how we can use this information to enhance our management and prevention of diabetes in the communities we serve.

Presented By:

Vishal Patel, MD, MBA
Senior Physician Investigator, the Value Institute, Christiana Care

Free!  Lunch will be served!

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit.

REGISTER ONLINE TODAY!

 

Friday, June 15, 2018
Noon to 1 p.m.
In-person: Christiana Hospital, Room 1100
Online: Watch live at https://bluejeans.com/361095905
Or join meeting ID 361095905 on the BlueJeans app on your smartphone or tablet

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit.

Upcoming Lectures:

June 22, 2018: Changing Epidemiology of Clostridium Difficile Infections
June 29, 2018: Shoulder Arthroplasty and Outcomes

2018 Public Health Recognition – Jewish Family Services of Delaware

At the 88th Annual Meeting of the Delaware Academy of Medicine / Delaware Public Health Association the work of Jewish Family Services of Delaware was accepted by their CEO, Basha Silverman.

Started by the Delaware Academy of Medicine in 2010, the Public Health Recognition Award is given to a Delaware nonprofit organization who has shown outstanding leadership and dedication to the improvement of our community.

Previous awardees include:

  • 2010 The Heart Truth Delaware
  • 2011 Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition
  • 2012 Immunization Coalition of Delaware
  • 2013 St. Michael’s School and Nursery
  • 2014 Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 83, Gold Star Program
  • 2015 Gift of Life Donor Program
  • 2016 Hon. Jack Markell – Governor of Delaware 2009-2017
  • 2017 American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic

Jewish Family Services of Delaware (JFS) is multi-faceted social service organization that embraces and fulfills a mission to strengthen individuals, families, and the community by providing counseling and support services. Our services include outpatient therapy, case management, workforce development, refugee resettlement, adoption, and prevention education. Our work has been accomplished person-by person, need by need and always with compassion, skill and commitment to individual integrity.

As a result, our agency today is strong and stable. Our programs and policies are designed to remove barriers that may inhibit people in vulnerable situations from accessing needed support. We are all responsible for one another. Inspired by this fundamental Jewish value, Jewish Family Services assists individuals and families through life transitions, helping youth and children grow stronger, and ensuring the safety and dignity of older adults. JFS supports families of all backgrounds as they deal with basic human needs, life transitions, and mental health issues. JFS has the unique privilege of representing the tzedakah (justice), compassion, and loving kindness of the Jewish people to the broader community. Many JFS clients are not Jewish, but all of them learn what it means to be Jewish: the beauty of our traditions and our commitment to tikkun olam, building a better world.

Basha Silverman, Chief Executive Officer of Jewish Family Services of Delaware, has an exemplary career of over 16 years in non-profit social services and Jewish communal service.

Prior to joining JFS, Basha was the Vice President of Strategic Expansion at Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Philadelphia where she was responsible for driving the Agency’s program development and visions for growth as well as generating revenue by leading a robust initiative. A native Delawarean, Basha has deep personal and professional connections in the First State. She spent 12 years at Brandywine Counseling and Community Services, serving in many capacities. She is founder of Delaware’s first coalition aimed at designing a gender specific, health focused response to victims of trauma, and has developed programs for HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, and mental health in Delaware and Pennsylvania. She was named 2013 Power Woman of the Year by Main Line Magazine.

Basha is a graduate of Brandywine High School, University of Delaware, and Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. She and her husband Jesse have two daughters, Noa and Mira.

2018 Lewis B. Flinn President’s Award – Nicholas Petrelli, MD, FACS

At the 88th Annual Meeting of the Delaware Academy of Medicine / Delaware Public Health Association, Dr. Nicholas Petrelli was honored with the Academy’s highest award named in honor of Lewis B. Flinn, first president of the Academy of Medicine.

Over the past 18 years, Dr. Petrelli has been a nationally recognized leader in the fight against cancer and developed the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute into a national model of cancer care, prevention, outreach and research.

Thanks to Dr. Petrelli’s leadership and partnerships with others in the state and elsewhere, Delaware’s cancer mortality rate is now dropping twice as fast as the national rate. The state is outpacing the nation in reducing deaths from a number of cancers, including breast cancer and colorectal cancer. The State has gone from number one in cancer mortality to number 18. Among his many accomplishments:

• Established the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute as one of the first cancer centers in the nation selected for the National Cancer Institute Community Centers Program that helped to shape the way cancer care is delivered across the country.

• Through an unprecedented public-private partnership, the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute was integral in making sure all people in Delaware receive care for cancer no matter their income level or health insurance status.

• Led the development of 14 multidisciplinary disease site centers and selection as one of three community cancer centers to participate in the Cancer Genome Atlas Project.

•Achieved one of the highest National Cancer Institute clinical trials participation rates in the country at 24 percent, well above the national rate of 4 percent.

• Developed the first statewide High Risk Family Cancer Registry, consisting of 7,000 families with more than 250,000 individuals and the recruitment of seven full-time genetic counselors.

• Established an historic research partnership with The Wistar Institute of Philadelphia, the first time an NCI-designated basic science center has aligned with an independent academic community cancer center on translational cancer research with the aim of bringing the latest discoveries in cancer research to cancer patients in our community.

• Established the Center for Translational Cancer Research, 7,000 sq. ft. of laboratory space where scientists and clinicians work together to find new cancer treatments.

• Established the Gene Editing Institute, a worldwide leader in gene editing and biomedical research in cancer and other inherited diseases, and the only one in the U.S. embedded in a clinical center where interactions among oncologists, genetic counselors and patients take place.

Dr. Petrelli has received numerous awards and has authored 343 peer-reviewed manuscripts. He has served on several advisory panels of the National Cancer Institute, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Cancer Society and the Society of Surgical Oncology. He was President of the Society of Surgical Oncology 2007-2008. In 2013, he received the Order of the First State Award by Governor Jack Markell for his dedication to excellence in serving the community and the State of Delaware.

Previous recipients include:

2008 Victor F. Battaglia, Sr., Esq.
2009 Robert W. Frelick, M.D.
2010 Leslie W. Whitney, M.D.
2011 Robert B. Flinn, M.D.
2012 Edwin L. Granite, D.M.D.
2013 Katherine L. Esterly, M.D.
2014 LTG(DE) William H. Duncan, M.D.
2015 Joseph A. Kuhn, M.D.
2016 J. Kent Riegel, Esq.
2017 Hon. Susan C. Del Pesco

Smartphone CPR App in New Castle County

Leaders in New Castle County, Delaware, have launched a new smartphone application they say will save lives when help is urgently needed.

Activated when a call is made to 911, the PulsePoint app alerts and directs trained residents to people nearby who need cardiopulmonary resuscitation or CPR. County Executive Matt Meyer said citizen responders, who include off-duty first responders, can make all the difference in those critical moments before first responders arrive.

Learn more

Christiana Care Medical Aid Units

Five Christiana Care Medical Aid Units (CCMAU) are now available for convenient care, 7 days a week! Most are open from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm, and no appointment is necessary.  Express Check-In (available on christianacare.org) enables people to see current wait times and reserve their spot in line.

When you should go:

If you have an illness or injury that are NOT extremely serious or life-threatening, but DO require care within a few hours or the same day
(game day sports injuries, sore throats & coughs, eye & ear problems, minor burns, flu-like symptoms, etc.)

5 Convenient MAU Locations

Star Campus
550 South College Avenue
Suite 115
Newark, DE 19713
302-533-7148

Smyrna Health & Wellness Center
100 S. Main Street
Smyrna, DE 19977
302-659-4444

Glasgow Medical Center
2600 Glasgow Avenue
Newark, DE 19702
302-836-8350

Middletown Care Center
124 Sleepy Hollow Drive
Middletown, DE 19709
302-449-3100

HealthCare Center at Christiana
200 Hygeia Drive
Newark, DE 19713
302-623-0444

Addiction Resources in Delaware

Over 20 million Americans had a substance abuse disorder in 2015.  It is the leading cause of accidental death in the United states, and over 20,000 of those overdose deaths are related to prescription pain relievers (American Society of Addiction Medicine).

Addiction is everywhere, even in Delaware.

SO IS HELP. 

Visit HelpIsHereDE.com

New Castle County: 800-652-2929

Kent & Sussex Counties: 800-345-6785